This year the Befana has left you in the stocking preview of Fire Emblem Engage. Not badfor a second-rate holiday!
Developer / Publisher: Intelligent Systems / Nintendo Prezzo: 59,99 euro Location: texts Multiplayer: online cooperative GO: 12 Available On: Nintendo Switch Launch date: January 20, 2023
The season of funny hats and colored lights may be over, but the real boon for fans of strategy games it has just begun. I’ve been playing the final version for several weeks of the highly anticipated Fire Emblem Engage and I am adamant about the sensation received from the first hours:
This chapter has what it takes to revolutionize an all too traditional series (obviously leaving out the daring spin-offs in a Musou key) without shaking the solid foundations, refining familiar mechanics to such an extent that I will hardly want to go back.
BUT FIRE EMBLEM ENGAGE STAYS TRUE TO THE AXIOMES OF THE SAGA, RIGHT?
Yes, there is nothing to fear about this: Fire Emblem Engage still presents compelling (you know the pernicious syndrome of “one more shift and I’ll stop, because it’s dawn and I should start work in half an hour”?) turn-based battles within a long narrative, unfortunately not without predictable clichés like the protagonist’s amnesia.
nothing to fear: exciting turn-based battles within a long narrative
In its fidelity to tradition it bastes a truly glorious audiovisual spectacle thanks to powerful animations, capable of satisfactorily conveying the violence of the blows exchanged on the battlefield, especially on the most recent OLED screen which significantly enhances successful color combinations.
All right sixty frames per second, a very good business card in view of what awaits us once we take up arms. One of the most subtle but, at the same time, profoundly effective innovations is the state of Brecciawhich is triggered by hitting an opponent with a weapon ahead of his according to the precepts imparted by the categorical Triangle System.
One of the more subtle but, at the same time, profoundly effective innovations is the Breccia state
In this case the villain will remain unarmed until the next fight without the possibility of counterattacking, receiving free blows even from types of tools that otherwise could have punished easily.
Needless to say even the bad guys can take advantage of this new rulebut the beauty is that it hits the same bosses equally, paving the way for hitherto unthinkable strategies.
even villains can take advantage of the rule, which affects the bosses themselves equally
Then, usury now concerns only sceptres and staves; no more need to stock up on axes, spears and the like between battles, losing time to constantly organize an inventory destined to grow and require tedious maintenance. Get yourself the best equipment possible and leave these thoughts behind, perhaps pondering whether to equip your favorites some brand new weapons with crashpowerful and able to move an opposing unit into an advantageous position or against an obstacle with the force of the blows to obtain a free Breach statebut granting first blood to the enemy.
TOO MANY NEWS, I WOULD LIKE SOME FAN SERVICE AT THIS POINT
The plot of Fire Emblem Engage it is totally original, but the glorious past of the saga will peek out thanks to the Emblems. These are twelve magical rings in which the sentient souls of great heroes of the past such as Marth or Lyn reside.
Their research clearly plays a crucial function in the narrative, but pairing them with one of our fellow soldiers does more than just raise a few points in a handful of stats. Eternally vigilant as ghosts, they can merge with the turn ally when a particular gauge is filled, giving life to to real demigods destined to turn the tide of clashes with relative simplicity, overturning seemingly desperate situations.
In this enhanced form, units gain access to exclusive Union weapons to expand their arsenal
In this enhanced form units gain access to unique weapons of union with which to expand your arsenal and face otherwise impregnable opponents thanks to special bonuses (against cavalry or armored units, for example), bridging weaknesses or enhancing particular inclinations.
To this they add very different special movesranging from furious charges to pierce hordes of unwary opponents to setting fire to adjacent squares with each swing.
planning every single move is imperative
It deals with of decisive advantages, but they will vanish like snow in the sun after just three turns, so planning every single move is imperative. What about the heroes who can’t “afford” a nice magic ring? Have no fear, because Fire Emblem Engage still has so much to offerand we will talk about it in a couple of weeks in our review, reminding you that the game will be available exclusively for Nintendo Switch starting from 20th of this month.